94 points

Chappellet 2001 Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

Your first impression is how concentrated in blackcurrant and cassis fruit this wine is. It’s immense as well in flashy new oak. Then there are the tannins. Gentle and sweet, yet complex as a tapestry, they offer structure to the decadent flavors. This is a real achievement, and as soft as it is, the wine seems…

 — S.H.   Published 12/31/2004
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92 points

Chappellet 1997 Old Vine Cuvée Chenin Blanc (Napa Valley)

This continues to be one of the preeminent California Chenin Blancs and it represents a great value as well as an alternative to more conventional white wines. Mostly from old Chenin vines, it is oak aged and classy, not unlike good Chardonnay. Yet it’s floral, slightly sweet and a touch grassy, as good Chenin can…

 — M.S.   Published 12/15/2003
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92 points

Chappellet 1999 Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

Big and rich in the mouth, with gorgeous, velvety tannins. Offers a juicy plum and cassis core, with oak, tobacco and earth accents, and a char and cocoa notes on the back end. As compelling as the flavors are, it’ll be the mouthfeel that wins you over (this is one of those Cabs that could taste like eggs Benedict…

 — W.E.   Published 8/1/2003
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91 points

Chappellet 2001 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

A young, tight, closed mountain Cabernet that should follow a graceful aging curve. Pours inky dark, giving off muted aromas of oak, forest floor and wild blackberries. Dense and tannic now, with rich fruit just waiting to emerge. This classically proportioned wine should begin to be drinkable after 2010.

 — S.H.   Published 10/1/2004
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91 points

Chappellet 1999 Signature Chardonnay (Napa Valley)

A winning wine that displays a vibrantly fragrant tangerine, citrus and herb-butter bouquet. It opens to a full, dense tropical-fruit palate and shows an almost seamless texture. Tangy oak plays off the lingering fruit nuances on this bottling’s lengthy, luxurious finish.

 — W.E.   Published 7/1/2001
91 points

Chappellet 1997 Moelleux Chenin Blanc (Napa Valley)

. Initially the ripe pineapple aromas seem a bit muted, but on the palate the pineapple comes through strong and shaded with dried apricots. A long, moderately acidic finish caps off a very enjoyable dessert wine.

 — J.C.   Published 12/31/1999
91 points

Chappellet 1996 Sangiovese (Napa Valley)

Lots of sweet oak in the nose, with raspberry and cherry fruit. Jammy and inviting, with great depth of flavor. Rich and spicy, and fairly complex. A light-bodied wine that defines the soft, beguiling style of Sangiovese in California.

 — S.H.   Published 11/1/1999
90 points

Chappellet 2003 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)

With apple and pear flavors and some oak, this is a clean Chard with mineral overtones. Nothing really stands out or clobbers you sidewise. It’s just a well put-together wine, tasteful and understated.

 — S.H.   Published 5/1/2005